The story was about 'hunt-porn' - fake videos of predators hunting - along with mentions of a snuff hunt-porn scandal. When hunt-porn with a famous animal is stolen so that the thieves can show this movie, the one-time starlet's husband gets involved. He begs his nephew, a PI, to get the movie back.
But I didn't feel there was enough originality in this story for me to really get involved.
There was a prose story set in this world that was highly political: about schools where predators and their prey studied together, about how this movement came about, and it was far more interesting. There was also an ashcan - a preview of another comic - that seemed far more interesting than the main comic. So overall, liked what was around it, but not so much the comic itself.
If you got a Kindle or an Amazon gift card for Christmas, then you probably want to load yourself up with stuff to read. So, I've made all of my books 99¢ for the rest of the year to make building your eBook stack easier on you.
Disclaimer: eARC review for NetGalley.
This was a hard-to-categorize read - and that's not a bad thing. It's challenging; much of the central mystery and the mechanics of the magic that does crop up isn't explained until very late in the story, so there's high tension, but also a good amount of confusion to start with. I found the initial pages fascinating and almost dizzying; I couldn't really follow what was going on, but there was enough there for me to keep trying.
It's classified as Urban Fantasy, but I'm more familiar with the YA romance variant, and this is not at all like that. It's more like a gritty crime thriller, with underworld crime bosses, a dingy, dreary and dangerous end of London, and horrifically unnatural monsters/demons committing graphic murders. This is adult fiction in multiple senses of the word; explicit, violent, with deliberately transgressive sex and language that intensifies the violence (it's not erotica; sexual scenes are brief and hopefully not titillating). If anything, it feels closer to noir film tradition, with a side of paranormal horror. It also bears some resemblance to the Jonathan Norris & Mr. Strange style of adult fantasy. Magic or paranormal aren't particularly beautiful, alluring or empowering, but they're there, they're real, and they're taking lives.
It's not a genre or style that I would generally choose to read, given just how dark it is, but it's a very well executed book, a fascinating departure from anything I've come across in the past, and a wonderful genre-defying piece of entertainment for fans of grittier media. I'd give it about a 3.5/5 for personal entertainment, 4.5/5 for quality and execution.
Closure for the first book.
All the things that you felt left hung in Good Girl Bad Girl were answered and put to rest in this book. I did love that, and the new plot too, as well as feeling it's complete.
If Kal Medi is in a third book, it would HAVE to be a new plot, story and everything. No questions were left raised in book 2.
It was more exciting for me, and that is rare for a second book to better than the first. I feel that was as this story had a beginning, middle and end, where the first book wasn't like that at all.
Really good stuff together though!! I know many of you will enjoy reading about Kal Medi and all that she gets herself into.